What makes you get multiple sclerosis?

Not fully understood. Multiple sclerosis is a very complex disease. There is a large collection of research identifying certain genes (most governing control of the immune system) as both increasing risk and potentially protective against MS (based on studies of populations). Environmental and hormonal factors may also play a role in individuals with a background genetic risk.
Risk factors. Genetic susceptibility which can run in families, a history of ebstein-barr virus, such as infectious mononucleosis, prior smoking, possibly a high salt diet, growing up north of latitude 42, low levels of vitamin d. All increase risks, but we do not actually have the full explanation for cause.

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How does one get multiple sclerosis?

No one really knows. Ms is thought to be caused when the immune system attacks the neurons in the body, specifically the cells that make white matter. There are many theories of why the body does this but no agreement. Read more...
Newer items. Ms occurs in genetically susceptible pts, if a sequence of environmental events are present. Although it is unclear how the process first gets going, we do know that there is increased incidence in northern latitudes, a past history of eb viral infections (99.5%), a higher incidence in those with low vitamin d levels, and higher incidence in women who delay having children until older. Read more...

Should I get tested for multiple sclerosis if aunt had it?

No. Only slightlyrelated to heredity. You should not be tested, since no one test is definitive and the battery of tests is expensive. Unless you have symptoms and are examined by a doctor who believes you need testing is the only situation that i would endorse testing. Otherwise, no! Read more...
No. The short answer is no. There is no evidence to suggest that you will develop ms because your aunt has it. Read more...
Not unless... Only if you have major neurologic difficulties and are seen by a neurologist. . Read more...
No reason. Unless you possess neurological symptoms, you have no reason to get concerned, as there is no real statistical risk here. Read more...
No- not needed. MS has some family inheritance, but it is a weak inheritance. Usually children, sibling and even twins do not share it. You should not expect to have any additional risk if your aunt had this. This is not a reason for you to be tested for MS. Read more...

Afraid I have multiple sclerosis, what do I need to do to get tested?

See a doctor. Mri is usefull if you have a clinical course suggestive of ms. We also sometimes look at spinal flued and evoked potential tests. Read more...

Can multiple sclerosis get worse in the summer and better in the winter?

Maybe. It seems ms really does its own thing. Some people have seasonal flares while others do not. Read more...
See below. People with ms will often experience worsening weakness when it is hot. That is one reason why i recommend that they exercise in a cooler environment with a fan. Ms patients should avoid getting overheated and during the summer, use of an air conditioner is recommended. Some people will have increased symptoms when they go in a heated pool. Read more...
Pseudorelapses. Hot weather can make preexisting ms symptoms recur, or get worse, but these do reverse when cooling occurs, such as inside in air conditioning. (uhtoff's phenomenon, when heat causes this). But, here is the main concern: MRI lesions increase during summer months, and could lead to disability, especially cognitive. Therefore, potent controlling medications are mandatory. Read more...

I have secondary multiple sclerosis. How can I get my balance back to be somewhat better?

Rehabilitation. If you are not involved in a physical therapy and rehabilitation program, you need to seek this out immediately. Ms is a life long illness and you will continue to have problems with balance as the disease progresses. Find a good physical medicine and rehabilitation doctor (physiatrist) in your area to manage your rehab program to strengthen and retrain your body to move the best way you can. Read more...
PT. See your pm&r doc for specific exercise and therapy regimens that can regain balance, or slow progression of loss. They can be complex regimens, will include pt, often with specialists who have balance centers that will help re-train your vestibular system to a degree so that you will feel improved stability. The more therapy like this, the slower the progression. Hope this helps! Read more...
Couple approaches. Tough to reverse the cerebellar/ brainstem issues, but try these approaches: use of weighted bracelets or anklets to stabilize and control inaccurate motions, gait training from physical therapy, usage of ginger root if dizziness is present, trial of Buspar, (buspirone) discuss possible research trial drugs, make certain you do not have vitamin B-12 deficiency, or low vitamin D. (?thyroid, diabetes?) Read more...

Is it possible that multiple sclerosis be the how do I get a fast heartbeat?

Highly unlikely. Heart rates can be affected by only one ms med, and that is gilenya, (fingolimod) in the first 6 hrs, where the rate may slow, and later return to baseline within about 3 weeks. The disease does not affect cardiac function otherwise. Read more...

Can you only get multiple sclerosis if you have aids?

No cause and effect. Aids is secondary to an HIV infection, and causes suppression of the immune system, but ms is an autoimmune disorder, where one'e own body attacks areas of brain and spinal cord. One could have both disorders, but extremely rare in my experience. Read more...
Unrelated. These are two completely unrelated disorders. Patients with ms have an over-active immune system in which certain cells and the chemicals they make attack portions of the central nervous system. Aids is caused by infection with the HIV virus and results in a very under-active immune system causing the person to be very prone to infections. Where did you get this idea? Read more...